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Marie Ferris



Marie has 25 years experience of facilitating organisational and personal development programmes.

She is an accredited Executive Coach with the Association for Coaching and a highly experienced Team Coach at senior level, with a Masters in Human Resource Management, focused on organisational coaching. 

Marie has extensive experience of delivering Coaching Skills training, including ILM accredited programmes and at postgraduate and Masters level, as well as developing internal coaching and mentoring networks. 

Marie is an External Verifier for ILM’s leadership development and coaching qualifications across Ireland and Europe.

Her most recent role was at Ulster University where she was responsible for designing, developing and delivering bespoke senior leadership development and leading on the delivery of organisational development initiatives, including programmes to support organisational change and re-structuring, and enhance employee engagement and wellbeing. She successfully implemented a range of coaching programmes across the institution, including delivery of accredited coaching programmes to University staff and students, establishing and developing an internal coaching infrastructure and providing executive coaching to senior leaders. She won an IITD National Training Award for Excellence in Coaching for the coaching programmes and services at Ulster University and co-authored a best practice case study for the Leadership Foundation in Higher Education, based on the work to create a coaching culture in the university.

Marie continues to work with Ulster University in an associate role, facilitating coaching modules in postgraduate and masters programmes.

Whilst much of her career has been in large organisations, her work with ILM since 2015 has given her the opportunity to work with SMEs and the voluntary and charity sector to provide support and advice on the development of new programmes and audit the implementation of existing leadership development and coaching skill programmes.

Marie is MBTI qualified, a Master NLP Practitioner and is experienced in the application of a wide range of tools and assessment including team roles, 360 degree feedback, emotional intelligence, positive psychology and resilience.


Clare has 20+ years in learning and development, specialising in leadership development and helping organisations, teams and individuals to grow. She has held Learning and Development roles across both Health & Social Care Services and the Higher Education Sector. Clare was Professional Development Manager at Ulster University where she introduced coaching in 2007 after qualifying as a coach and  provided an extensive range of programmes and services across all staff levels and professions, winning a National training award for Excellence in Coaching. She also initiated the University’s Women’s Network and introduced a number of mentoring schemes for women.

Clare is an accredited MBTI provider (for individuals and teams) and has designed and facilitated:

  • ILM accredited Coaching and Mentoring qualifications

  • Team coaching

  • Introductory presentations and workshops

  • Coaching skills for leaders and managers courses

  • A Masters level module on Developing Coaching Skills (delivered online)

She has extensive experience of coaching senior leaders. Clare’s coaching approach is to build a relationship of trust and openness and provide space and time to assist clients to think through their issues, challenges and changes they would like to make in work and/or life and work with them to make that change happen.

Clare is a longstanding member of the Association for Coaching, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Institute of Leadership and Management, as well as an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.